On Tuesday I wrote about the courage to keep on going refusing to surrender along the lines of George Washington, David and others. The limits of space and time propelled me to continue today with an often missed aspect of courage.
True courage demands that we learn to survive on the inside even when it appears all is lost outwardly. To do this we must grasp a purpose not only for our life, but the importance of finding some sense of meaning in our current circumstances whatever they may be. Concentration Camp survivor, Viktor Frankl wrote about this in his book, Mans’ Search For Meaning telling of many who survived as human when every circumstance was designed to erase any trace of humanity yet managed to communicate the courage and means of inner survival.
Men and women found courage by being kind to others, by giving people their own food and clothing or by simply weeping with a dying prisoner. These actions helped them to remain fully human while they were starving to death. Frankl wrote:
“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.”
The inner power of meaning can make a difference and here is where the Christian should always win.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:16 “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
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